Formula 1: does Hulkenberg have a chance at Red Bull?

Does Hülkenberg have a chance at Red Bull?

Sebastian Vettel is now off the market – and suddenly the Red Bull driver carousel begins to turn. Does another German get a chance?

Zufall? As soon as Sebastian Vettel (33) switched to Aston Martin, all speculation as to whether Red Bull’s former four-time world champion could return to the old successful team in 2021 has new tones to be heard.
Before that, Red Bull motorsport director Helmut Marko had always emphasized: “Vettel has no chance. We will fill our cars with drivers from our squad. ”The aim is to keep Alexander Albon from Thailand, who is ailing next to Max Verstappen, at Red Bull Racing.

Suddenly, however, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner is no longer ruling out the possibility of using the free driver market. “We have always preferred to develop talent ourselves,” says the Briton. But he adds: “If the pool isn’t big enough, we’ll look outside of it.”

Alex Albon sees no country against Verstappen

When asked specifically about Sergio Perez, who was put on the road by Racing Point, Horner emphasizes at Sky: “There is not only Perez on the market, but also a very strong other driver, Nico Hülkenberg.”

The Emmerich man shone on his comeback in 2020 when he replaced Perez, who was infected with the corona virus, in the two races at Silverstone. One of the reasons for Perez is that the market in Mexico and South America is important for Red Bull.
The Austrians still want to hold onto Albon. Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko with a mixture of amusement and anger over whether the speculation: “Who wanted to drive everything with us ?! As long as Albon meets our expectations, he is our candidate. We are concentrating to enable him to keep the place. ”At the same time, he demands of him:“ He should be up to three tenths of a second in the remaining races on Verstappen’s times. ”In qualifying in Mugello, he managed that Not. Almost 0.5 seconds were missing for the Thai in fourth place on the “flying Dutchman”. Max Verstappen starts from third place on Sunday.
Even if the air is getting thinner and thinner at Albon: Monza winner Pierre Gasly cannot hope for a cockpit at Red Bull. The Frenchman got himself talking after the surprise success at the Italian GP. “I’m ready,” said the driver from Red Bulls sister team Alpha Tauri on Thursday in Mugello. However: In qualifying he disappointed, only finished 16th.

This is another reason why team boss Horner rules out a return: “Pierre has done a fantastic job since he took the step back. He has found his confidence, drives great. That’s good to see. It’s nice that it works for him. “But, says the Briton,” it wouldn’t make sense to switch drivers. AlphaTauri is more of a sister team than a junior team. ”

There remains only one top pilot who has not yet been named in the whole discussion about Albon’s cockpit, but who is still available: Lewis Hamilton.

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